Buto - Paris rue Lemaignan -83
The word Ankoku Butoh - later abbreviated to butoh - was introduced by Hijikata. It means Dance of Darkness. The best thing is to describe it as a mixture of elements of traditional Japanese theatre, Ausdrucktanz and mime. It breaks with the established (dance) rules and leaves much room for improvisation. Characteristics one often sees are the white painted bodies, the slow movements, the bold heads and contorted postures. The dance evokes images of decay, of fear and desparation, images of eroticism, ecstasy and stillness.